Majority of schools top inspection tables

Matthew Tomlinson
Matthew Tomlinson
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Lancashire has some of the best schools in the country - but many still need to make improvements.

Latest figures released by schools watchdog the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) show that 22 per cent of the county’s 629 schools are outstanding and 67 per cent are good.

However 14 per cent need to make improvements and a small pocket of two per cent of schools are failing.

The data is for schools inspected up to December 31 2013.

It does not include academies because they are not in local authority control.

Recent schools in Preston which have been rated as outstanding include Queen’s Drive Primary School in Fulwood.

Inspectors judged pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, children’s behaviour and safety and leadership and management to all be outstanding.

And Eldon Primary School has been rated as good after previously rated as satisfactory.

The inner city school was visited by inspectors from Ofsted who said the school has improved rapidly since the previous inspection and “all groups of pupils are now making good progress”.

However Deepdale Junior School in Preston has been placed into special measures by inspectors.

The crisis-hit school was labelled inadequate after an Ofsted inspection at the end of 2013.

Inspectors returned earlier this year to check up on progress to raise standards.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said the council was pleased with the ratings overall.

He added that the authority would continue to work with schools to help with their performance.

Coun Tomlinson added: “We’re obviously pleased that the great majority of Lancashire schools, according to these figures, are classed as either outstanding or good.

“Lancashire also compares favourably with the national average and similar local authorities.

“The county council will continue to work closely with schools in the county to support them and encourage their performance for the benefit of all pupils.”